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Microwave Popcorn Dangerous to Health

May 27, 2011
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I love munching on popcorn as much as anyone else (especially with a scary movie or good romantic comedy!), but I’ve decided that microwave popcorn just won’t be an option for me anymore. I hardly ever use my microwave anyway since I have a fantastic toaster oven and prefer a more natural way of heating […]

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Why I Leave Shoes at the Door

May 26, 2011
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If you ask my husband what my number one pet peeve is, he’ll definitely tell you it’s wearing shoes in the house. I literally *cringe* when it happens and have gotten to the point where I mostly don’t mind asking people to take them off. Now I’m not super picky about a spot free, disinfected […]

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Stress and Your Health Part II

May 20, 2011
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So yesterday we discussed the body’s physical reaction to stress and how it responds with “fight or flight” (the same reaction as fear). We finished by concluding that a person’s state of mind can influence their physical responses and possibly keep them in a state of chronic stress. This leads into a more detailed answer […]

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Is Stress Affecting Your Health?

May 19, 2011
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I had the pleasure of attending a great local Nourishing Ways meeting on Tuesday evening where Micah McLaughlin, a local Naturopathic Practitioner from Continuum Healing, spoke about stress and how it relates to health. You might be surprised by how intertwined the two are! Before we jump into stress, if you’re not familiar with naturopathy, it’s […]

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Dangerous Mold in Peanut Butter

May 17, 2011
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I love peanut butter. I eat it mixed in smoothies, with a sliced banana, and sometimes even right off a spoon. Unfortunately, some of the things I’ve been hearing about mold and a cancer causing agent in peanut butter is making me a bit hesitant. Here’s the “scoop”. Peanuts are susceptible to a fungi known […]

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Are Animals Smarter than Humans?

May 2, 2011
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It seems that as smart as humans are, we can’t figure out a healthy diet to save our lives. Literally. However, you’ve probably noticed that if you go to the zoo, search the web, or look at any sort of animal reference book, you can quickly determine the basic diet of any animal known to […]

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Fluoride in Food Part II

April 27, 2011
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Photo by geray   We’ve talked about some of the issues with sodium fluoride in the past and unfortunately, it is still a large concern today. Ironically enough, my hometown- Grand Rapids, MI – was the first city in the world to add fluoride to drinking water back in 1945. Some speculate that because of this […]

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Local Eye on High Fructose Corn Syrup

April 21, 2011
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I was really amazed (and proud!) to see my local news channel call out possible health issues last month with high fructose corn syrup, a highly processed sweetener perhaps contributing to numerous health problems. The article and video noted the enormous increase in usage of HFCS (4000% percent in the last 40 years) as well […]

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More Reasons to Purchase Local Meat

April 8, 2011
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I’ve been skeptical of purchasing fresh, pre-packaged meat for a long time now for many reasons such as the use of hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, and unnatural feed as well as the general treatment of the animals. My personal preference is to purchase pastured frozen meat from a local farm or at least buy fresh from […]

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Dangers of Artificial Food Dyes

March 29, 2011
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One thing I’ve been noticing a lot lately is the abundance of food dyes in all sorts of items at the grocery store. While it’s certainly nice for food to be attractive, do we really need potentially dangerous chemicals to do this, and if so, at what cost to our health? To me, it seems […]

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